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Davies' license suspended over speeding incident

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Charlie Davies has been fined $1,040 and had his driving license suspended by French police over the speeding violation for which the American forward claims a teammate was driving.

Davies was with Sochaux teammate Jacques Faty when they were pulled over by police in the early hours of Oct. 3 after being clocked at 125 mph in France's Jura region. Faty and Davies have both said Faty was driving the car, but they switched positions because Faty thought his license was still suspended from a previous speeding infraction.

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A French police official, who was not authorized to be publicly named, said Monday that Davies has been fined. The official said neither player has officially contradicted the original version of events to police.

The 24-year-old Davies was involved in a car accident on Oct. 13, 2009, that killed another passenger. He was not the driver.

Davies suffered two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain.

He returned to training with Sochaux in March but missed the World Cup and has not played for either Sochaux's first team or the national team since then.

Over the weekend, Davies played for Sochaux's reserves in a 2-0 win against Auxerre, while Faty played for Senegal in its 7-0 win over Mauritius in African Cup of Nations qualifying.

"Assisted on game winner today. We won 2-0. My best outing yet!" Davies said on his Twitter account after Sunday's game against Auxerre. "Feeling great and I'm so very close to 1st team action."

Le Progres newspaper reported on its website Sunday that Davies and Faty could face six months in jail and a far heavier fine of €7,500 ($10,400) each for lying to police. However, the police official said he was not aware of any further investigation being opened.

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Davies, not Faty, was sitting behind the wheel of the car when they were questioned by the police, and so only Davies has been fined, the police official said.

Sochaux players were given four days off after beating Lens 3-0 on Oct. 2 and Davies said he decided to fly back to Boston, where he played in college. Davies said he doesn't drive in France and, knowing that Faty was going back to Paris, he asked if he could get a ride.

Davies told The Associated Press that Faty thought police would only fine Davies, but he feared he would be jailed. Faty also told the AP that he had panicked and now plans to go to police this week to clear up the incident.

Davies said he was lying down in the passenger seat of the Audi Q7 as they drove.

The windows of the SUV were tinted, so police couldn't see the players switching seats. Davies said he was hesitant about agreeing to switch seats before agreeing.

When police approached, Davies said they asked if he knew how fast he had been going. Davies said he didn't, and the police took both players to the police station.

While there, police ran Faty's record and told him his license was no longer suspended. Davies was told his license would be suspended, and he wouldn't be able to drive in France for six months.

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